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Politics, Economics, and Religion

Religion has so many connections to political and economic beliefs, there needs to be a place to identify linkages, problems, goals, options, action plans and evaluation criteria.  

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What is the purpose of life?

An eternal question, what is the purpose of life?, occupied philosophers’ thoughts throughout history. Stone pictographs reveal even primitive peoples reflected on this query. Each one has the capacity to define his or her personal thinking about politics, economics and religion.

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Churches Get Creepy Facial Recognition Software to Track Members

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Alan Perlman Jun 24. 7 Replies

Valerie Tarico put up an excellent article yesterday on marketing efforts by “entrepreneurial” churches, including use of client…Continue

Tags: religious marketing

Christian privilege: A threat to our American values (Kristi Winters)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by tom sarbeck Jun 3. 5 Replies

I came to learn about Kristi by way of my favorite YouTube dude, Steve Shives.  She may not be as prolific as Steve as it comes to video production, but when it comes to taking a topic and being utterly, scathingly on point, she shows many of the…Continue

Tags: government, christian privilege

Republican Theocracy (AronRa)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jun 1. 5 Replies

At least some of us here on Atheist Nexus know who AronRa is.  We know that he's a great well of knowledge, who tends to dig deeply into a topic, who researches thoroughly, especially on matters which impact the relationship between the secular…Continue

Tags: church, state, dominionism, R J Rushdoony, Texas

An Atheist / Antitheist Manifesto, by Brian Dalton

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller May 22. 8 Replies

The original title of the following video was: "The Way of the Mister: Atheist Fundamentalist," but having watched it twice, I can't escape the feeling that my moniker fits as well and perhaps a bit better.  In 20 minutes and change, Brian Dalton…Continue

Tags: fundamentalist, manifesto, antitheist, atheist, MrDeity

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 24, 2013 at 12:33pm

If the Russian meteor had hit the US. A humorous take by Joe Romm.
Open Thread Plus Cartoon Of The Week

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 17, 2013 at 7:33pm

jingoism exists when extreme patriotism, aggressive foreign policy, threats or force against other countries occur in order to safeguard what is perceived as its national interests. When excessive bias in judging one’s own country as superior to others exists, as it has in the USA. It is extreme nationalism.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 17, 2013 at 1:24pm

Pope will have security, immunity by remaining in the Vatican

"if the pope did move permanently to another country, living in seclusion in a monastery in his native Germany, for example, the location might become a place of pilgrimage."

Comment by tom sarbeck on February 13, 2013 at 4:00am

Joan: "Profit does not provide an incentive to keep people out nor does it provide incentives for humane treatment."

True, but I have so often seen public employees who seem indifferent to their responsibilities. For instance, for about twenty years, the California Dept. of Corrections was in the courts for medical care so awful that inmates died.

There are stunning exceptions, illustrated by NASA's early successes. There are also unstunning exceptions, responsible public employees doing good work.

What I've heard of the private prisons in Arizona persuade me that the state's politicians reward their supporters with inmates. The taxpayers, of course, pay.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2013 at 5:52pm

Private prisons provide the wrong incentives for being and doing their job. Profit does not provide an incentive to keep people out nor does it provide incentives for humane treatment. Racism plays a role in placing people of color into those conditions.

According to the "Arizona Republic, the reality is that private prisons in the Grand Canyon State so far cost more on a per-prisoner basis than do public institutions. Some experts contend that firms in the prison business reap profits by billing government for rather more than their initial lowball estimates while scrimping in ways that may make prisons less secure."
~ The perverse incentives of private prisons http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2010/08The perverse incentives of private prisons

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 10, 2013 at 11:23am

I'm not holding my breath that Obama will follow through in his brief mention of climate change. Now it's back to short term goals again.

Comment by tom sarbeck on February 8, 2013 at 2:12am

Aw, Joan, some nits are bigger than others. The CIA has its infamous black budget it uses to hire thugs and the gov'ment doesn't let mere taxpayers see it.

Maybe organized gov'ments do as much harm as organized religions.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 7, 2013 at 10:41pm

Well, does it really matter if if it is the POTUS, CIA, or hired thugs, we have due process and that is what makes USA strong ... or, at least that is the mythology. 

Comment by tom sarbeck on February 7, 2013 at 9:28pm

"Extrajudicial executions/assassinations are being carried out by the Obama administration and U. S. military...."

Whoops, the CIA has at least since 1953 been helping.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 7, 2013 at 5:17pm
Earth needs leaders, ones that can bring people together for common welfare and persuade governments to stop funding weapons against defenseless people. Praying won't do it! Neither will scraps of food! Stop funding graft, corruption, liars and thieves.
 
 
 

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